Governor’s Wife Takes Summer Job Waiting Tables

A governor’s wife is turning heads in a seaside town in Maine where she has taken a summer job waiting tables. Ann LePage is the First Lady of Maine. Sounds glamorous. Most of the year she works her tail off supporting causes around her state. Her husband, Paul LePage, makes $70,000 a year, making him the lowest paid governor in the country. The LePages aren’t exactly complaining, but it does mean things can be tight, especially if you want some

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Funny Horse Keeps Reporter Laughing As He Fails At Stand Up After Stand Up

So many of my current and fellow reporters will appreciate this reporter for Greek TV as he tries to shoot a stand up with a teasing horse determined to make him laugh. The Daily Mail says the reporter was trying to do a story for Makedonia TV, which was to include a stand up with Frankie the horse in the background. Clearly, Frankie has very specific ideas on how this stand up should go. And once the reporter gets the

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Best Friends From Compton Make Good On Pact To Succeed

Compton is perhaps not the first place a reporter would think to do a story on six academic superstars. That would be a mistake. A mistake to underestimate the power of girlfriends. Six girls who made a pact in middle school. CBS News reports that if one was going to succeed, they were all going to succeed. In the spirit of, “You, Go, Girlfriend!” check out what these girls have accomplished. Dedicated to each of my girlfriends who has pushed

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Teary Reunion As Chimps See Woman Who Saved Them 25 Years Ago

“Do you remember me?” What a beautiful question and moment as a woman who has dedicated her life to saving chimps reunites with a trio she helped save and rehabilitate 25 years ago. The Daily News reports that Linda Koebner was a young graduate student when she helped free three chimps who had been used for research for a hepatitis vaccine. When the studies were done, it was time to release the chimps, but researchers weren’t sure if they could

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When You Wonder What Else Can Go Wrong

I’m no doctor. I don’t even play one on TV. Yet, I’m about to make a bold diagnosis. Because I know a case of this when I see it. A case of “What Else-itis.” My friend, Tricia, has it right now. A freakish house fire burned down half her home last Fall. The company where she works has been bought, so her job is about to go away. Did I mention her husband has filed for divorce? Oh, and last

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Woman’s Kind Act Changes Life For Man With Cardboard Sign

It’s so easy to keep driving past a stranger with a cardboard sign. Kenyada Waters knows that. USA Today reports that Waters saw a man named, Richard, holding a sign last week as she was sitting in her car. The sign read, “Laid off 2 long. Anything helps.” Waters saw a lot of folks just drive by. She decided to be the one to stop and simply listen to his story. Richard explained how he wasn’t a bum, rather, a

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The Three Words That Brought Me Peace

The decks have cleared. In the life of a woman whom I’ve never met, Yet who felt compelled to share her story with me. Folks do that. I guess that’s the gift I get for sharing my bumpy road to happy here on these pages. A gift I love. She shared how her career had soared among some of the highest positions in Washington. How once she was the youngest this. The most accomplished that. And then, Seemingly, Suddenly she

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Laid Off News Anchor Moves To Sailboat To Afford Living In Bay Area

I’ll admit that a headline announcing that a laid off news anchor has to live aboard a small sailboat just to make ends meet in the incredibly expensive San Francisco Bay Area doesn’t sound very inspiring or uplifting. When I clicked on the SFGate.com link, I was expecting to hear a tale of woe, even bitterness. What I found, instead, was an uplifting tale of a woman who has taken something she would’ve never chosen–losing her job–and turned it into

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Janitor Graduates From College He Spent Decade Cleaning

Michael Vaudreuil didn’t set out to be a janitor. But he sure was grateful for the job when his world fell apart. Here’s a man who had his own plastering business, but lost everything when the recession hit in 2007. Everything. His business, his home, his car. This tremendous man did what he had to. Took the only job he could find. Turns out it was at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachussettes. Just to break up the boredom he took

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My Favorite Food Confession No One Understands

I could blame it on my mother-in-law. This week’s challenge, that is. My mother-in-law, truly a lovely lady. So delightful that when she came to town this week, she brought with her a container of homemade oatmeal cookies. My mouth waters just thinking about what might be, the best oatmeal cookie I’ve ever had. Perfectly round, baked to chewy consistency. I devoured a couple. Ok, maybe it was twelve. Who’s judging? Surely, not you. I savored each bite giving thanks

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